Financial Times: Gazprom offered Moldova a discount on gas in exchange for refusal of rapprochement with the European Union
Gazprom offered Moldova a discount on gas in exchange for changing the terms of the agreement with the European Union on duty-free trade. Writes about this Financial Times, citing sources.
According to the newspaper, against the background of the victory in the elections of the party of the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, which advocates rapprochement with the EU, Moscow views the gas negotiations as part of a large-scale political process – Russia prefers that instead of a trade agreement with the EU, Moldova would enter the Eurasian Economic union. Moscow also offers to Chisinau to postpone the implementation of EU requirements for the liberalization of gas markets, FT sources say.
In “Gazprom” the publication was told that they are negotiating “exclusively on commercial terms.”
The current contract for the supply of gas from Russia to Moldova expires in November, the parties are negotiating its extension. Gazprom proposes to extend the contract at a price 25% lower than the market price, subject to the payment of the debt in the amount of $ 709 million.
At the end of October, a state of emergency was introduced in Moldova for a month due to a gas shortage. A few days later, the country bought fuel for the first time not from Gazprom.